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Douglas County Youth Center

Douglas County Youth Center

Updated on: March 19, 2023
Douglas County Youth Center is a medium-security juvenile detention center in the City of Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska. This is an underage facility that accommodates offenders under the age of 16 years who have been convicted under the state of Nebraska laws. This is often a temporary hold-up facility before the inmates face the justice system for their trials and sentencing. Ideally, most offenders in this facility stay here for less than a year. Most often than not, after their sentencing, and convictions, they join other larger state juvenile facilities.

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The PREA act was passed in 2003 in Congress in a bid to protect inmates from sexual abuse while in incarceration. The act comes in handy to provide an analysis of incidents or rape and its effect to the victims. Moreover, it provides information, resources, recommendations and funding to help protect the offenders.

The Home on Monitoring Equipment Program (HOME)

The Douglas County Detention Center has a fully-fledged and functional HOME program that offers an alternative option to onsite juvenile incarceration. Ideally, this program serves juveniles who are yet to face their trials in local juvenile courts. This program was launched in 2000 and comes in handy to reduce the growing inmate population within this facility. With this program, the offenders can remain in the care of their families at home while awaiting the courts to determine the fate of their cases. Consequently, the youths can go to school, work or participate in any other legal outside activities. However, they are closely monitored using electronic monitoring and tracking devices.

Inmate Education

This detention center has an inmate education program that offers the detainees an opportunity to continue with their education even when in incarceration. As such, even after a youth is given a prison sentence, they can continue with whatever academic work they were pursuing at home. The facility’s curriculum features the following:
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Career Education
  • Social Studies
  • Electives
  • Physical Education
  • Science
When a new offender is admitted to this facility, the administration reaches out to their home school to establish their level of education, acquire their transcripts. This way, the facility can create an ideal academic advancement plan for them. Ideally, it offers the following educational opportunities to the offenders so they can credits towards a high school diploma:
  • Portable Assisted Study Sequence (PASS): Covers Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Science and Basic Study Skills
  • Accellus: Online education
  • Edgenuity: Online education
  • Career Education
  • Physical Education
  • Home School.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is located in the city of Omaha, Nebraska. The county accommodates about 571, 327 citizens making it the most populated of the 93 Nebraska State counties. Moreover, it holds the state’s largest city. Ideally, the county covers a 331 square miles stretch of land with the Dutch Hall Road to the north, the Harrison Street to the south, the Missouri River to the east and the Platte River to the west. The sheriff’s department features about 213 personnel, 97 civilian employees and 134 sworn officers under county sheriff Thomas J. Wheeler. This is county holds the largest county office in the whole of Nebraska. The department serves the following law enforcement duties:
  • Mental health and protective order service
  • Crime lab and forensic services
  • Criminal investigations
  • Patrol
  • Prisoner transportation
  • Courthouse/civic center security
  • Sex offender monitoring
  • Tax collection
  • Civil process
  • Foreclosure proceedings
  • Warrant service

Employment Opportunities

The county sheriff’s department offers employment opportunities to the county citizens in its various departments. Ideally, the job openings are often posted on the department’s official website. While the citizens can apply for the opportunities at the offices, the Douglas County Youth Center offers more opportunities in different capacities. Their openings are often posted on the county human resource website. However, to qualify for any job, you have to meet the following hiring requirements:
  • An applicant must be over 19 years of age.
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED and provide documentation.
  • Only US Citizens can apply.
  • You must have a valid state driver’s license.

Community Betterment Resources

The county mobilizes as much community resources to facilitate beneficial betterment projects and programs. This way, it can address the various ills and challenges that face the population. Some of the things that the department seeks to address include:
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Employment
  • Health, Pregnancy and Adoption
  • Drug and Alcohol Education
  • Domestic Violence, Rape Eating Disorders, Street Outreach
  • Mental Health
  • Sex Offender Treatment
  • Emergency Shelters
  • Restitution, Education, Anger Management
  • Parent Education
  • Hotlines
  • Gangs and Gang Violence

Medical Services

The department also offers the offenders at Douglas County Youth Center medical services during their incarceration. The facility has an onsite medical department that offers offenders from the age of eight to 18 health services. Ideally, the services feature typical pediatric clinic, prenatal care and education, urgent care, psychological intervention and any medical-related emergency services. The department has several medical professionals at the disposal of the offenders. These include a psychologist, physician assistant, a medical technician and five registered nurses.

Douglas County Sheriffs Office - Riddle Substation

3601 North 156th Street, Omaha, Nebraska, 68116

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Douglas County Detention Center Information

Postal Code
Douglas County
Phone Number
County Jail
710 South 17th Street, Omaha, NE, 68102


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